Louis Friedman

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Louis Friedman
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Planetary Society founders: Louis Friedman standing left
Born Louis Dill Friedman
(1941-07-07) July 7, 1941 (age 73)
Kingston, New York, U.S.
Fields astronautics, engineering
Institutions AVCO, The Planetary Society, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Alma mater University of Wisconsin, Cornell University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Thesis Extracting Scientific Information from Spacecraft Tracking Data (1971)

Louis Dill Friedman (born July 7, 1941) is an American astronautics engineer and space spokesperson. He was born in New York and raised in the Bronx.[1] Dr. Friedman was a co-founder of The Planetary Society with Carl Sagan and Bruce C. Murray.

Education and career[edit]

In 1961 he earned his Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Engineering Physics from University of Wisconsin. In 1963 he graduated from Cornell University with a Masters of Science in Engineering Mechanics. In 1971 he graduated with a Ph.D. from the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department of MIT with his thesis on “Extracting Scientific Information from Spacecraft Tracking Data.”[2]

He worked for AVCO Space Systems Division from 1963-1968. From 1970 through 1980 he was with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) leading the Advanced Planetary Studies and the post-Viking Mars Program.[3] Other projects at the JPL include Mariner-Venus-Mercury, Planetary Grand Tour (Voyager), Venus Orbital Imaging Radar (Magellan probe), Halley's Comet Rendezvous-Solar Sail, and the Mars Program.[2]

Projects, Print, and Speeches[edit]

Associations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ a b The Planetary Society
  3. ^ a b The Space Show